Simmons will host a Celebration of Life service for Associate Professor Emeritus Jim Corcoran this Sunday, December 5. The service, which is being planned by Professor Corcoran’s wife, Carolyn, will take place at 1 p.m. in the Main College Building, room A-152. A reception in Common Grounds will immediately follow. The Simmons community – including Professor Corcoran’s former colleagues, students, and friends – are invited to attend. Guests must follow Simmons’ COVID-19 protocols, including the wearing of masks indoors. The service will also be live-streamed.
As you may know, Professor Corcoran was a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and longtime chair of the Simmons Department of Communications. He devoted more than 30 years of his life to Simmons, and he leaves a lasting and powerful legacy at our institution.
During Professor Corcoran’s storied career as a journalist, which included work for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Newsweek, he earned more than 24 state, regional, and national writing awards. He also published two books on domestic terrorism, and his work on this subject remains especially relevant today. Bitter Harvest: The Birth of Paramilitary Terrorism in the Heartland received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award on the subject of human rights and the Golden Pen Award before adaptation as a TV movie. In addition, Professor Corcoran was a member of the United Nations’ “Roster of Experts on Terrorism and Related Phenomena” and a recipient of the Bush Foundation Leadership Award, awarded annually to up to 20 people who are considered of “substantial standing” in their fields.
Professor Corcoran is remembered as a beloved member of the Simmons community, known for his passion and commitment to journalism, our University, and his students and colleagues. We are incredibly grateful that Professor Corcoran devoted so much of his professional career to our institution. You can read more about his life in this powerful tribute, and learn more about the James P. Corcoran Scholarship in Communications that is being established in his honor.